Forests & REDD

CBD Notification: Review of the Work Programme on Mountain Biodiversity [viewed]

Review of implementation of the CBD programme of work on mountain biological diversity 23 July 2008: In a 23 July 2008 Notification, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting parties

and relevant organizations to provide information on the status and trends of,

and threats to, mountain biological diversity, and progress made in the

implementation of the Programme of Work on Mountain Biological Diversity for

consideration by the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,

Technical and Technological Advice, tentatively scheduled to be held in

May/June 2010 in Bonn, Germany.

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FAO: Next Global Forest Resources Assessment to Include Global Remote Sensing Survey of Forests [viewed]

Spotlight on forest monitoring. Photo credit, UN

16 July 2008: The

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing

survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation

and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access

to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of

forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report

on changes in forest cover.

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CBD Executive Secretary Outlines Benefits of REDD Initiatives [viewed]

Message of the Executive Secretary Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf 14 July 2008: On the occasion of the

Technical Workshop on Protected Areas in the Amazon, which took place from 14-16 July 2008 in Amacayacú National Park,

Colombia, the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, outlined the benefits of reducing emissions from

deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) initiatives.

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WMO International Fire Warning Workshop Convenes in Edmonton, Canada [viewed]

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July 2008: An International Workshop on Advances in Operational Weather Systems

for Fire Danger Rating, organized jointly by World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Panel for Global Observation

of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), and Natural Resources Canada's

Canadian Forest Service, in collaboration with a number of other co-sponsors, is

being held from 14-16 July 2008, in Edmonton, Canada.

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Fund Launched to Conserve Congo Basin Rainforest [viewed]

17 June 2008: The Congo Basin

Forest Fund, a multi-donor facility established to take action to protect the

forests in the Congo Basin region, was launched in London, UK. The Fund will be

used over a ten-year period, up to 2018, to finance the

Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) Action-Plan in ten different

strategic areas aimed at conserving the Congo Basin rainforest.

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UNFF Hosting Internet Forum on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

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1 July 2008: During the

month of July 2008, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat is hosting an

Internet forum on “Forests and Climate Change.” Input from this discussion will

feed into the discussion on this theme at the eighth session of the UNFF, which

will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US.

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G8 Finance Ministers Support Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

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14 June 2008: G8 Finance Ministers, meeting  in preparation for the Summit of the G8 Heads of State and Government in  Hokkaido-Toyako, met from 13-14 June 2008, in Osaka, Japan, and agreed to the “G8  Action Plan for Climate Change to Enhance the Engagement of Private and Public  Financial Institutions.” In their final statement, Ministers supported the  launch of new Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) by the World Bank, which will complement existing bilateral and multilateral efforts, until a post-2012 framework under the UNFCCC is implemented.

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CBD Highlights Biodiversity as the Missing Link for Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

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June 2008: During World Environment Day celebrations in Montreal, Canada, the

Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed

Djoghlaf, stressed that biodiversity is “part and parcel of any viable

long-term response to addressing the climate-change challenges facing mankind”

and that the effective and coordinated implementation of the three Rio

conventions is the new multilateral response for achieving lasting peace,

shared prosperity and sustainable future.

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World Bank Carbon Fund Project in Nicaragua Buying Carbon-Equivalent Emission Reductions [viewed]

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6 June 2008: The World Bank's Carbon Fund is facilitating a

US$8.37 million project in southern Nicaragua that plans to turn 600 hectares

of privately-owned former cattle ranches into new-growth teak forests. The Nicaragua Precious Woods Project began in August 2006,

and intends to absorb nearly 300,000 tons of carbon emissions by the year 2017

while conserving approximately 350 hectares of secondary forest and mature

trees.

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FAO Report Addresses Forests and Energy [viewed]

4 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has

released a report on the use of wood biomass as a source of energy. Following

an overview of projections for global energy supply and demand to 2030, the

report discusses wood energy efficiency and competitiveness, highlighting the

use of by-products of the wood processing industry. It also makes

recommendations on issues to address in planning policies and programmes that

support bioenergy development.

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